Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen


Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was born in the region of Drakar, Nepal. At a very early age, he began studying dharma texts and meditation. At the age of 13, he entered monastic life. In 1981, Lama Tenpa was enrolled as a member of the first class of the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute atRumtek Monastery in Sikkim, India, together with Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and Sangay Nyenpa Rinpoche. He completed his studies and received the Acharya degree (Master of Buddhist studies) from theKarma Shri Nalanda Institute and Sampurnand and Sanskrit University jointly in March 1991.

After completing his studies, he was appointed as a junior Khenpo (professor) and taught Buddhist philosophy at the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for two years. Under the guidance of Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, he then entered a 3-year retreat in Pullahari, Nepal, in 1993.

From 1997 to 2004, Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen was the resident teacher at His Holiness the Karmapa’s center Theksum Tashi Chöling in Hamburg, Germany. During this time, he also traveled to various centers in Europe, the US and Asia to teach. In addition, Lama Tenpa has been one of the main teachers at Nitartha Institute in Canada and Europe since 1998.

Since August 2004, Acharya Lama Tenpa Gyaltsen has been in the US as a professor of Buddhist studies and Tibetan language at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. He also works with several translators on the translation of Tibetan texts and has begun to train new translators. He is the main teacher at Nalandabodhi Boulder.